Classification Governance

Following the report on ‘Simplification of Research Reporting’, the UHasselt has worked out in consultation with the Department EWI, the ECOOM work package ' Classification management using Data Governance Center '. This work package includes the management of classification lists of research output, more specifically publications, scientific disciplines, financial lists and technology domains. Within these four domains, ECOOM-UHasselt focuses on the management of the semantic community as well as on taking up the role of classification agent.

In its role of administrator of the semantic community as stewards, ECOOM-UHasselt is responsible for coordinating the process of defining the semantics of the different classifications in an unambiguous manner in consultation with the various stakeholders. The existing classification lists will be updated and extended with codes for research in the arts, for academic and professional bachelor programs as well as for the strategic research centers. In addition, ECOOM-UHasselt will take care of the operational management of the classifications through a Web-based platform, i.e. Data Governance Center, and will create concordance tables for each of the different domains. For the scientific disciplines, concordances will be drawn between the SOFT disciplines, FWO disciplines, VLIR science domains and FOS classifications. For the financial lists, concordances will be mapped for financial and accounting codes. With regards to the different lists on technology domains, ECOOM-UHasselt will take a look into ways of implementing concordances in a semantic controlled environment, taking into account already existing mapping exercises like international mappings.

ECOOM-UHasselt also takes the role of classification agent. The process of semantic management of classifications assumes the involvement of different stakeholders and, as a result, of a partner who coordinates the entire process, who takes care of the communication and training, including training materials and demos, as well as a partner who manages the classification codes at the various scientific institutions.

Altogether, this work will lead to an increased quality of existing classifications, the unambiguous definition of the semantics of the different classifications, the disposal of up to date classifications for the different stakeholders as well as the involvement of all stakeholders in the process of classification management. Thus, this work can potentially make an important contribution to the simplification of research reporting.